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  • Gain a comprehensive overview of the specifications of Web services
  • Learn how to manipulate contents in Alfresco using different operations and APIs
  • Build applications on top of Alfresco using Alfresco Web Services API
  • Extend the Alfresco RESTful API using WebScripts
  • Make your own different output renditions using FreeMarker
  • Explore the CMIS specification with all the details about the Alfresco implementation
  • Learn how to contact Alfresco with your client using one of the bindings of CMIS
  • Make your CMIS integration more standard using the Apache Chemistry project



Alfresco 3 is the leading open source enterprise content management system that offers powerful features for interacting with the content in its repository from outside the system. These include the support for the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) implementation, reusable web scripts, and a Web Services API.

This is the first book to show you how to use Web Services in Alfresco. Packed with examples, you'll learn how to build applications using Alfresco remote APIs based on SOAP and REST. You'll see how to use different APIs and bindings such as WebServices, WebScripts, and CMIS.

Alfresco 3 Web Services starts off by showing you the services exposed by the Alfresco Web Services API, and how the API fits into the Alfresco software architecture.You learn to develop your application firstly by setting up and testing your Java development environment using the Alfresco SDK in Eclipse IDE and secondly by associating the Alfresco source code and Javadocs in Eclipse.

With the help of real world practical examples, you learn how to do things like create, sort, and call Web Scripts, and invoke remote calls to Alfresco repository. To get the most from the Web Services API, you need to know about the basics of the Content Manipulation Language (CML), and the book takes you through this.

Examples such as the bookshop application show you how to sign in, change user sessions, get, remove and change public and private associated contents, manage a cart for your e-commerce application, and so on.Next, by implementing a Microsoft .NET application using the Alfresco Web Services API, you see how to perform operations against the repository from your .NET application.The book provides you with REST and SOAP concepts, their comparison, basics of the FreeMarker language, Atom Publishing Protocol, JavaScript controllers, and the Apache Chemistry project.

By the end of this book, you will be able to put together your knowledge about CMIS and the Apache Chemistry toolkit to develop a complete working application that uses Alfresco, via CMIS, as a back-end storage. Last but not the least, this book also covers the WebServices security profiles— the best practices for Web Services to promote better interoperability.

  • Gain a comprehensive overview of the specifications of Web services
  • Implement the Alfresco specific Web Services
  • Get to grips with the Alfresco WebScripts and the Alfresco extensible RESTful API
  • Manipulate contents in Alfresco using different operations and APIs
  • Learn about the CMIS specification and its Alfresco implementation
  • Hands-on approach with examples built over the course of the book


Page Count 436
Course Length 13 hours 4 minutes
ISBN 9781849511520
Date Of Publication 17 Aug 2010


Ugo Cei

Ugo Cei is Solutions Delivery Manager at Sourcesense Italy. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT sector. His areas of expertise include Web application development, content management systems, database, and search technologies. He has a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Pavia, Italy.Ugo is a long-time active contributor to numerous Open Source project and a member of the Apache Software Foundation.Besides his interests in computer-related matters, Ugo is a passionate photographer. He sometimes dreams of leaving the IT field to pursue his passion full-time, and travel the world with a camera.

Piergiorgio Lucidi

Piergiorgio Lucidi is an open source ECM Specialist at Sourcesense. Sourcesense is a European open source systems integrator providing consultancy, support, and services around key open source technologies. He works as Software Engineer, and he has 8 years of experience in the areas of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), system integrations, web, and mobile applications. He is an expert in integrating ECM solutions in web and portal applications. He contributes as PMC member, Project Leader, and Committer at the Apache Software Foundation for the project Apache ManifoldCF; he also contributes on ECM connectors such as CMIS, Alfresco, and ElasticSearch. He is a Project Leader and Committer of the JBoss Community, and he contributes to some of the projects of the JBoss Portal platform. He is a Speaker at conferences dedicated to ECM, Java, Spring Framework, and open source products and technologies. He is an Author, Technical Reviewer, and Affiliate Partner at Packt Publishing, for whom he wrote the technical book Alfresco 3 Web Services. As Technical Reviewer, he contributed to both Alfresco 3 Cookbook and Alfresco Share. As Affiliate Partner, he writes and publishes book reviews on his website Open4Dev (